Fuckbuddy partnerships among men who have sex with men - a marker of sexually transmitted infection risk

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

'Fuckbuddies' are a type of regular sexual partner with whom men have ongoing sexual contact, generally in the absence of romantic attachment. We surveyed 989 men who have sex with men (MSM) at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Australia, with the aim of determining the frequency of 'fuckbuddy' partnerships among sexual health clinic attendees and assessing their sexual risk. The majority (60%) of 1139 regular partnerships were described as 'fuckbuddies'. Most MSM (63%) with a 'fuckbuddy' had multiple 'fuckbuddies'. MSM with 'fuckbuddies' were more likely to also have casual sexual partners (odds ratio [OR] 5.7; 95% confidence interval 3.6-8.9) and had more casual sexual partners (median of 4 versus 1, p < 0.001) and more rectal chlamydia (12.4% versus 5.7%; adjusted OR 2.3; p < 0.05) than MSM without 'fuckbuddies', and this risk persisted after adjusting for total numbers of sexual partners. Our findings suggest that patients with 'fuckbuddies' are at particular risk of sexually transmitted infections. We argue that clinicians should specifically ask about 'fuckbuddy' partnerships as part of their risk assessment during patient interviews, as these patients may benefit from HIV prevention strategies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-50
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • chlamydia
  • HIV risk
  • Men who have sex with men
  • partners

Cite this

@article{2c4050ac01084beabde01b457da64a9c,
title = "Fuckbuddy partnerships among men who have sex with men - a marker of sexually transmitted infection risk",
abstract = "'Fuckbuddies' are a type of regular sexual partner with whom men have ongoing sexual contact, generally in the absence of romantic attachment. We surveyed 989 men who have sex with men (MSM) at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Australia, with the aim of determining the frequency of 'fuckbuddy' partnerships among sexual health clinic attendees and assessing their sexual risk. The majority (60{\%}) of 1139 regular partnerships were described as 'fuckbuddies'. Most MSM (63{\%}) with a 'fuckbuddy' had multiple 'fuckbuddies'. MSM with 'fuckbuddies' were more likely to also have casual sexual partners (odds ratio [OR] 5.7; 95{\%} confidence interval 3.6-8.9) and had more casual sexual partners (median of 4 versus 1, p < 0.001) and more rectal chlamydia (12.4{\%} versus 5.7{\%}; adjusted OR 2.3; p < 0.05) than MSM without 'fuckbuddies', and this risk persisted after adjusting for total numbers of sexual partners. Our findings suggest that patients with 'fuckbuddies' are at particular risk of sexually transmitted infections. We argue that clinicians should specifically ask about 'fuckbuddy' partnerships as part of their risk assessment during patient interviews, as these patients may benefit from HIV prevention strategies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).",
keywords = "chlamydia, HIV risk, Men who have sex with men, partners",
author = "Cornelisse, {Vincent J.} and Fairley, {Christopher K.} and Tiffany Phillips and Sandra Walker and Chow, {Eric PF}",
year = "2018",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/0956462417717647",
language = "English",
volume = "29",
pages = "44--50",
journal = "International Journal of STD and AIDS",
issn = "0956-4624",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Fuckbuddy partnerships among men who have sex with men - a marker of sexually transmitted infection risk

AU - Cornelisse, Vincent J.

AU - Fairley, Christopher K.

AU - Phillips, Tiffany

AU - Walker, Sandra

AU - Chow, Eric PF

PY - 2018/1/1

Y1 - 2018/1/1

N2 - 'Fuckbuddies' are a type of regular sexual partner with whom men have ongoing sexual contact, generally in the absence of romantic attachment. We surveyed 989 men who have sex with men (MSM) at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Australia, with the aim of determining the frequency of 'fuckbuddy' partnerships among sexual health clinic attendees and assessing their sexual risk. The majority (60%) of 1139 regular partnerships were described as 'fuckbuddies'. Most MSM (63%) with a 'fuckbuddy' had multiple 'fuckbuddies'. MSM with 'fuckbuddies' were more likely to also have casual sexual partners (odds ratio [OR] 5.7; 95% confidence interval 3.6-8.9) and had more casual sexual partners (median of 4 versus 1, p < 0.001) and more rectal chlamydia (12.4% versus 5.7%; adjusted OR 2.3; p < 0.05) than MSM without 'fuckbuddies', and this risk persisted after adjusting for total numbers of sexual partners. Our findings suggest that patients with 'fuckbuddies' are at particular risk of sexually transmitted infections. We argue that clinicians should specifically ask about 'fuckbuddy' partnerships as part of their risk assessment during patient interviews, as these patients may benefit from HIV prevention strategies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

AB - 'Fuckbuddies' are a type of regular sexual partner with whom men have ongoing sexual contact, generally in the absence of romantic attachment. We surveyed 989 men who have sex with men (MSM) at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Australia, with the aim of determining the frequency of 'fuckbuddy' partnerships among sexual health clinic attendees and assessing their sexual risk. The majority (60%) of 1139 regular partnerships were described as 'fuckbuddies'. Most MSM (63%) with a 'fuckbuddy' had multiple 'fuckbuddies'. MSM with 'fuckbuddies' were more likely to also have casual sexual partners (odds ratio [OR] 5.7; 95% confidence interval 3.6-8.9) and had more casual sexual partners (median of 4 versus 1, p < 0.001) and more rectal chlamydia (12.4% versus 5.7%; adjusted OR 2.3; p < 0.05) than MSM without 'fuckbuddies', and this risk persisted after adjusting for total numbers of sexual partners. Our findings suggest that patients with 'fuckbuddies' are at particular risk of sexually transmitted infections. We argue that clinicians should specifically ask about 'fuckbuddy' partnerships as part of their risk assessment during patient interviews, as these patients may benefit from HIV prevention strategies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

KW - chlamydia

KW - HIV risk

KW - Men who have sex with men

KW - partners

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85042463113&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/0956462417717647

DO - 10.1177/0956462417717647

M3 - Article

C2 - 28683600

AN - SCOPUS:85042463113

VL - 29

SP - 44

EP - 50

JO - International Journal of STD and AIDS

JF - International Journal of STD and AIDS

SN - 0956-4624

IS - 1

ER -